Ransom Wines & Spirits 2018 Albarino, Willamette Valley

Ransom Wines & Spirits 2018 Albarino, Willamette Valley

Item Number: 13606

UPC: 0-665991020477

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Albariño
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 13.7
Residual Sugar(g/L): 8.0 g/L
Total Acidity: 9.7 g/L
pH: 3.02
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Case Production: 235

Vintage Notes: A cool early spring delayed bud break slightly, but warm weather helped the grapes catch up in time to bloom right on schedule in mid-to-late June. While the summer was warmer and quite a bit drier than usual, temperatures topped out in the low to mid-nineties with few extreme heat spikes, setting up a balanced year with great concentration. The grapes were harvested in late September and early October, following a pleasant string of warm days tempered by cool nights in the late summer and early fall. This weather pattern allowed for development of complex fruit flavors and the retention of fresh, vibrant acidity that will set this classic vintage apart from a string of other recent ripe vintages.

Winemaking Notes: The fruit was whole cluster pressed, and the juice was then settled and racked to stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, where it was fermented in small lots using QA23, BA11, BRG, Vin13, and wild strain yeasts for thirty to eighty days at low temperatures. Fermentation was halted using a chiller, and the wine was then aged an additional thirty days sur lie before being racked, blended, lightly bentonite fined, filtered, and bottled.

Tasting Notes: Adopted from a hillside cooled by maritime winds and a long rainy season in Spain and planted in another such climate in the coolest parts of the Willamette Valley, this wine presents a compelling case for a new home for Albariño. The 2018 Albariño opens with fresh aromatics of lime zest and and Asian pear. On the palate, acid-driven flavors of Meyer lemon curd and honeysuckle nectar complement layers of minerality and sur lie character. The wine finishes with lots of energy and just a touch of salinity.